Purdue receives $12 million grant

The Department of Labor is giving Purdue Polytechnic Institute 12-million dollars for its apprenticeship programs.

Posted: Jul 2, 2019 5:11 PM
Updated: Jul 3, 2019 9:45 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – The Department of Labor is giving Purdue Polytechnic Institute 12-million dollars for its apprenticeship programs.

Over the last two years, Labor Secretary Alex Acosta says 500-thousand people have enrolled in an apprenticeship type program.

"Upon completion, the average wage is almost 70-thousand-dollars. That is a family-sustaining wage," said Acosta.

The program will help students get into fields ranging from network and cloud operations to cyber-forensics and cyber-security.

"By working in technology and learning technology, individuals would not only have jobs but career tracks," stated Acosta.

Geanie Umberger says the apprenticeship program will match students with an employer through Purdue Global.

"You're essentially earning and learning. You're being paid while the employer is paying for you to go to school," said Umberger.

Polytechnic institute Dean Gary Bertoline says people will have the chance to actively learn and grow in their future career.

"Students will get real-world experience while they're getting their education," said Bertoline.

Bertoline says he is hopeful apprenticeships will become more common throughout the US.

"I believe this is the start of a very important time not only for Purdue but for the history of education in this nation, If we're successful at this, apprenticeships will become part of our culture," stated Bertoline.

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